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Topless Stripper Pinatas Giving Texans An Eyeful

A pinata shop in Donna, Texas, sells the usual Elmo and Batman pinatas, but it also sells one particularly troubling item: a pinata of a topless lady on a stripper pole. Moms who drive past the nudie pinatas told the local news station it’s inappropriate for little kids to see. No one questions, though, whether there’s something wrong with the idea of swinging a bat at a stripper pinata.
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Indian Sex Workers To Get Free Makeovers

We weren’t sure what to make of a report on sex workers in New Delhi receiving free beauty services this weekend, as the details are somewhat shadowy. The curiously named “Salute to the Nation” initiative spearheaded by beauty and hair expert Amzadd Habibb is a 24-hour fundraising drive intended to provide services like free nail art, workshops for local sex workers on basic skills in hairstyling, beauty, and makeup application, and new beauty equipment purchases — presumably to encourage a career change. “This is my way of giving back to the society. I have always wanted to do something for these people and I was just waiting for right opportunity and right people,” Habibb told reporters. “These people,” huh? The event is being organized in conjunction with the New Delhi police. Sound suspicious? Let’s hope for the best. [Times of India] Keep reading »

The Secret Lives Of Male Prostitutes

If you haven’t heard, HBO has a new dramedy, “Hung,” that’s about — well, the title should tell you something. The series focuses on a divorced father in Detroit who loses his wife, his kids (custody, that is), and his manhood. Also? He has a big penis. In order to get by, he decides to become a male prostitute. I know, I know. That happens all the time. But the show begs the question: What are the real lives of male prostitutes like? Keep reading »

Dominatrixes: Hit Hard, Hit Back

What could torture a dominatrix? Only a bad economy! It’s been a world of pain for the sex workers who have been complaining about the recession. While prostitutes are reporting record business and lay people are doing it like bunnies, the niche market has been beaten down. Keep reading »

As The Stock Market Tumbles, Call Girls Reap The Rewards

Six months after a sex scandal ousted Eliot Spitzer from office, the New York governor turned “lov gov” is working in real estate, still with his wife Silda, and wondering how it all went so wrong. Meanwhile, call girls are back in the spotlight — and working harder than ever as Wall Street takes another tumble. Keep reading »

Poll: Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?

The world’s oldest profession wants to finally go legit — the Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) in San Francisco is trying to protect their hard working membership, the Johns, and the Janes, by asking for the decriminalization of solicitation and prostitution. The city already has a unique First Offender Prostitution Program, which allows people arrested for soliciting sex the option to pay $1000 tuition fee for a graphic sexual health class. Frankly, it also has a pretty poor success rate for scaring attendees back into thinking the best things in life are free, but the ESPU is less concerned with curbing their clients’ desires. What the union really wants is to keep its workers safe, as many sex workers don’t report assaults or rapes because they’re afraid of being penalized for breaking the law with their profession. The ESPU has a bill on the ballot this fall that would decriminalize sex work in the city. They argue that when the pros have to sneak around to handle their business, it makes them exponentially more susceptible to abuse and exploitation. [Newsweek]

So what do you all think: should sex work be decriminalized (in San Francisco or anywhere else in the U.S.)? Keep reading »

Illegal Sex Workers In India Elligible For Life Insurance

Commercial sex workers in India now have the option of purchasing life insurance policies even though their line of work is illegal in the country. When a few sex workers approached the Life Insurance Corporation of India, the company agreed to provide coverage provided the sex workers get routine medical check-ups since they’re at a high risk for HIV/AIDS, and so far, about 200 have signed up for life insurance. The goal is to bring 50 percent of the 1.2 million sex workers under the insurance coverage by the end of 2008, according to the “Committee for Indomitable Women,” and some sex workers hope this is a step toward legalizing their profession. [Medical News Today] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Raids, Awkward Moments, And The End

  • Apparently some wives in the Philippines were sick of their husbands spending time in Quezon City’s sex dens, so they tipped off the police. So far, 15 establishments have been raided and more than 200 sex workers have been rescued. [Philippine Daily Inquirer]
  • Office works around Peterborough, England, are unsure as to whether they should kiss or shake hands when they greet clients and colleagues of the opposite sex. A poll showed that 19 percent had clashed faces with a client or coworker when aiming to kiss opposite cheeks, and six percent had accidentally groped a colleague or client when one had gone in for a kiss and the other a handshake. Awkward. [PeterboroughToday.co.uk]
  • Think you might be in the wrong relationship? Check out this list. [Radar]
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    Sex Workers Geek Out

    The Frisky just started tooling around on Twitter and a few of our staff have iPhones, which we kind of know how to use. But maybe we could learn a thing or two about putting these handy-dandy technologies to use in business by talking to one of our local streetwalkers. Apparently, the internet has become a useful tool for sex workers to spread their gospel, and, in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal, also do a little public relations spinning. “Sex workers are sentient beings and we are very capable of speaking for ourselves,” Audacia Ray, sex worker advocate and author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration, told Wired magazine. “We are organizing politically and we do have opinions about the ways that sex work could be responded to differently by government and media.” When the Spitzer prostitution ring story broke, sex workers who are actively involved in the community wanted to have their voice hear on the issue, and used devices like the iPhone and programs like Twitter, Google Docs, and RSS feeds to be on top of hearing and responding to the breaking news. When did hookers become so…nerdy? [Wired] Keep reading »

    Student Sex Workers Rising Across The Pond

    College students in the UK are getting sick of working their butts off and struggling to make loan payments, so more are turning to sex work in order to pay off their debt more quickly (while it may be quick, it’s certainly not painless). The number of students working in the sex industry has risen from about 4 percent in 1999 to an estimated 8 percent today, according to research by Kingston University in London. “What we can definitely say is that as long as student debt increases, so will the numbers of students entering the [sex] industry,” said Dr. Ronald Roberts, the psychologist leading the research. “Since the introduction of tuition fees in 1998 there has been an increase in students undertaking this kind of work.” It’s sad, but true that these women could work a legitimate job for much less, but, as Catherine (not me), who works as a prostitute, said, “I choose to have a job where you can make a lot of money in a few hours and then actually have time to do my uni[versity] work properly.” Study hard! [Times Online] Keep reading »

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